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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Dr. John Hughes" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. John Hughes" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:10:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: For Your Information

Good day Sir/Madam,

This mail is authorized from the Office of the Heir Hunters Organization forthe coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

We wish to notify you again that you were listed as the Next of Kin to the latediplomat whose death took place during one of their off-shore oil installationprojects as a result of heart failure, whose name now withheld since this isour second letter to you. Currently his compensation and entitlement arepresently under the care of the Debt Management Commission Office, London as anunclaimed debt. More so, part of this funds should be assigned to humanitarian/charityprojects as will be specified later.

All the legal papers will be processed in your name. In acceptance of thisoffer, we request that you kindly forward to us your letter of acceptanceincluding your current telephone, email and fax numbers if any and a forwardingaddress to enable us file for the necessary application and documents at theprobate registry for the claims.

Please contact us ASAP.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr. John Hughes


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